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April 30, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ – Traffic (1969)

The Mulberry (Morus nigra) is a slow growing tree that produces scrumptious fruit which is used in wines, tarts and jams.

Traffic were a UK group best known for the 1960s psychedelic track ‘Hole in My Shoe’. Founder member Steve Winwood had a sizeable 1982 hit with ‘Valerie’ which was heavily sampled by Eric Prydz for the even more successful dance track ‘Call On Me’, you know, the one with that aerobics video.

We have Mulberry Trees growing in our Forest Garden at the Entrance to Eden and by the Core Building.

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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Making It Happen- training with Eden and the Energy Saving Trust

April 29, 2010
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A FREE one day course  held at Eden on Thursday 6 May
9:45am (for a 10:00am start) to 4:30pm

 Learn new project planning skills and refresh existing skills in this highly interactive course.  Making it Happen looks at how to successfully run a community energy project from start to finish.  You will take part in hands-on practical exercises throughout the day to help you come up with new ideas, plan, implement and fund your project.  This is an ideal opportunity to share ideas and expertise with energy professionals and representatives from the community and voluntary sector. 

 Contents of the day

  • Introduction to Green Communities
  • About the energy world quiz
  • Getting your project started
  • Researching the community
  • Setting aims and objectives for your project
  • Making your project work
  • Funding your project
  • Completing your project

 What you will learn:

  • How Green Communities works – what it can do for you
  • What makes a successful community based energy project
  • How to get started, idea development, research and planning required
  • Factors influencing success and failure, and how to keep your project going
  • How to raise interest in your project
  • Ways of working with potential project partners
  • Tips and ideas for applying for funding

 Who should come:

  • Community representatives who want to work with energy professionals to develop sustainable energy projects
  • Energy professionals who are interested in working within the community to promote sustainable energy
  • Representatives from organisations who could offer support to community based sustainable energy projects
  • Groups concerned with helping the environment, saving energy and helping people save money on their fuel bills

 For more information and a booking form, email Benedict Cantatore bcantatore@edenproject.com. Booking deadline  is Monday 3 May and places will be allocated on a  first come, first served basis.

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Eden tops Gardeners’ World Magazine poll

April 23, 2010
Author: admin

Thousands of Gardeners’ World Magazine readers  have been voting to choose their favourites from a list of the gardens taking part in this years Gardens to Visit Guide. We were thrilled to come top of the poll to find
the best day out for kids and best garden for afternoon tea
in the South West.blog-tea

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Plant Records!

April 23, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Dust My Broom’ – Elmore James (1951)

Broom or Cytisus is a beautiful shrub, with golden yellow flowers and stems that look devoid of leaves. As a member of the Legume Family this plants seed pods can be heard popping in the summer, but should be putting on a splendid flower show in the next few months.

Elmore James or The King of the Slide Guitar as he was also known, is a legend in his own right influencing masses of modern day guitarists the world over. Dust My Broom was his first ever single released in 1951.

Enjoy the weekend!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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Come and try out our new play structure!

April 21, 2010
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The Log is made from sustainably sourced oak, hand crafted by Touchwood Enterprises into a beautiful, sculptural play structure that almost looks like a Hobbit house! It’s been sand blasted to give it a ‘lizard-like’ skin texture which acts like an anti-slip surface if you were to climb over it. It weighs approximately 2.5 tonnes, has 3 windows and a small shingle roof.
Come and try it out for yourselves-you’ll find it on the grassy area behind the Core.

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This weeks Plant Record

April 16, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Strawberry Fields’ – The Beatles (1967)

Garden strawberries (cultivars of Fragaria x ananassa) originated in France in 1740 when South American and North American strawberry plants were crossed. Commercial cultivation of the plants with large, sweet fruit soon replaced the woodland strawberry (Fragaria Vesca). It’s still a treat to find the small, tangy fruit along hedgerows, meadows and woodland edges. Roll on summer…

The subject of this John Lennon-penned psychedelic classic, as if you don’t know already, was the Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field children’s home situated near his childhood home in Woolton, Liverpool.

Special thanks to Simon for choosing this one!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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The Big Lunch 2010

April 12, 2010
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The Big Lunch

The new Big Lunch website is up and running! Pay a visit and find out why you should take part, all the good stuff you’ll get out of it, what happened last year, and the history of the Big Lunch so far…

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Friday fun with Plant Records

April 9, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Magnolia’ – Performed by Beck, originally by JJ Cale

Spring is here and the Magnolias are flowering! Having evolved before bees the Magnolia is pollinated by beetles! Some fossils have been found dating back to 20 million years..crikey thats old.

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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